Cave Castle

Has been described as a Questionable Uncertain

There are no visible remains

NameCave Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishSouth Cave

C19 castellated house supposedly on the site of a Norman fortification. (Ingham 2001)

According to an old paper, in the handwriting of Leuyns Bolero-Barnard, great grandfather of the present owner, the house stands on the site of an old castle, and the fact that some portions of the walls have been pronounced, both from their construction and thickness, to be of very ancient date, and also the discovery, a ferw years ago, of a subterranean arched passage leading from the house to the church, seem to bear out this tradition. (Hall 1892)

Gatehouse Comments

Gatehouse can find no other evidence of a castle here and no castle studies authority cites this as a castle site. The suspicion has to be that the suggestion of a Norman castle here is an invention designed to increase the kudos of the C19 house, however this does seem to have been the site of an earlier manorial centre so impossibly to entirely dismiss this claim.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSE916310
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  • Ingham, Bernard, 2001, Bernard Ingham's Yorkshire Castles (Dalesman) p. 18
  • Pevsner, N. and Neave, D., 1995 (2edn), Buildings of England: Yorkshire: York and the East Riding (London ) p. 702-3
  • Allison, K.J. (ed), 1979, VCH Yorkshire: East Riding Vol. 4 p. 44
  • Hall, J.G., 1892, The History of South Cave and surrounding area p. 61 online copy